After a record high of 91°F/32.2ºC on Friday, an overnight cold front delivered Saturday temperatures of 55°F/13ºC with gusting winds to the Divas of the Dirt - we were off and running for the first project of 2009.If you'd like to see what we Divas did last weekend it's posted on the Divas of the Dirt Blog. We're trying something new - instead of posting a yearly roundup of projects and recipes on the non-interactive website, we'll use the blog to post new projects reasonably soon after we do them. You can find some recipes for the dishes served at our meetings on the Divas' recipe blog.
The light was fading when I got home from Mattie's house - barely giving me enough time to protect tender plants from a threatened freeze. First the Christmas lights and thermal covers went over the Meyer's Lemon in the back yard and the Mexican Lime in the Secret Garden, a few pots were tucked into the shed and others went in the garage. Then I followed Pam/Digging's advice and covered the 2-foot tall Texas Mountain Laurel. Its buds were just showing color on Saturday and on Tuesday it was in full, unfrozen bloom. I've waited over four years to see this sight and smell the grapey scent. The water in the birdbaths had turned to ice on Sunday & Monday mornings but some ''Grand Primo' narcissus bought last fall bloom unfazed in their terracotta pot. These bulbs came from the Southern Bulb Company, so they should be the real 'Grand Primo'!
Tuesday afternoon I found a few small flowers of Yellow Lady Banks rose open on the patio arch. Today a few 'Pink Charm' narcissus from the dollar store have returned for a third spring
The white Spiraea near the back fence has small white flowers popped out on wandlike stems
A freeze discouraged these pale peach iris a few weeks ago, but today they hold nothing back
Mountain Laurel in the triangle bed with white iris and pale pink iris in the background along the fence - yes! The shrubs are still small, but this view has started to look like what I had in mind when the elements were planted four springs ago. And around the corner in the Secret Garden are leaves that I love - the unfolding fig leaves are as beautiful as flowers to me. Our ten-day forecast shows no more cold spells - maybe our See-Saw Spring is settling down.
2016 – APRIL ANNIE’S GARDEN DAY
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